Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: One Firefighter’s Story

Issue 12 and Volume 163.

BY ROBERT SENN Like you, I am a firefighter. We are no different except that I am a survivor of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001. I have since been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I am not the only one. Learn from me before your “moment” comes.  It’s the middle of the night. I’m sitting alone someplace on West Street. My helmet is perched on the back of my head. I’m leaning forward, elbows on my knees, and my face is in my hands. A cigarette burned to the filter is between my fingers. It’s dark, and a misting rain is falling. The smell is pretty pungent. Smoke is slowly rising from the piles of steel that used to be the World Trade Center. Suddenly, I look up, and Tommy is standing there in front of me. He and Adam are…

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